Black Passage

Serge Alain Nitegeka will present a new series of free-standing sculptures, painted wall panels and a major intervention within the Cape Town gallery for his fourth solo exhibition at Stevenson.

Nitegeka’s sculptures are studies in contained disruption: each object presents a fractured landscape and a fragile subject within this landscape. The body that moves – and struggles – through these spaces is disorientated through formal means: lengths of wood twisted into tension with other components, a colour palette that confounds, historicises and animates the surface planes. By amplifying the physical qualities of material itself, these works reimagine embodiment and experience as a series of formalist relationships of texture, colour and shape.

In the intervention planned for the gallery, Nitegeka seeks to activate the invisible political dimension of architectural space through radical ruptures. His intention is to direct the paths of viewers through fissures in walls which will allow for a reimagining of the predetermined white cube as a space of non-linear progression. These movements within the gallery that were previously impossible become an expression of the necessity to find alternative ways of moving through spaces associated with failure and the spatial disruptions in the aftermath of war and natural disaster.

Nitegeka (born 1983 in Burundi and now lives in Johannesburg) is currently included in What remains is tomorrow, the South African Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (until 22 November 2015), and the 8th Göteborg Biennial for Contemporary Art (12 September – 22 November 2015). His first museum exhibition in the US, Configuration in Black, took place at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia (2015) and recent group exhibitions include: Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness, The Harvey B Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (2015); To Have and to Hold, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2014); This House, part of Nouvelles vagues at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); My Joburg at La Maison Rouge, Paris and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (2013); and The Space Between Us at ifa Galleries, Berlin (2013).

Black Passage runs from 10 October to 14 November 2015. The gallery is open from Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17:00, and Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00.

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